Brilliant Fruit is Winter Bird Food The Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, is a shade-intolerant pioneer on heavily disturbed sites. It is particularly common along road and railroad rights-of-way. It matures to 10′-15′ high and reproduces clonally via root suckers. It prefers full sun and drier soils, but will tolerate partial shade. Usually in clumps of several to many individuals in a clone, rarely more than 25 stems in one clone. Sumac will often be found within the first year following fire. Smooth sumac is a short-lived pioneer and seed production is moderately abundant, and seeds are dispersed by birds. Growth is rapid and the typical lifespan is about 20-30 years, though clones can persist for centuries. The flame shaped fruit is important as winter bird and deer food. Its’ foliage has a brilliant set of fall colors of yellow, orange and red. It is suited to group plantings in small to large yards. It is especially useful in attracting birds and deer to naturalized yards. * Native Small Shrubby Tree* Brilliant Fall Colors* Attracts Deer and Birds.
Groundcover that is easier than mulch! Tired of your mulch blowing away in the fall winds or washing away in the spring rains? Autumn Amber Sumac (Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’) might be your answer. Related to a native North American shrub discovered in Texas, this graceful ground-hugging form fills in so thickly that mulch isn’t necessary. Autumn Amber will soften hardscapes like terraced walls, rock features and patio corners. It will instantly naturalize your garden with its rambling nature. With regular irrigation, this dependable selection will establish deep and strong in one season and once established will cover a sizable space in a flash. It only grows 18 inches tall but 6-8 feet wide and is drought-tolerant. If it begins to get out of bounds, it is easily pruned with hand shears. Deep green all summer, the fall will bring you rich color ranging from deep amber to bright yellows and oranges. After the leaves drop in the winter, you have a thick and fascinating tangle of branches. It is easy to spruce them up after the leaves fall with a leaf blower or rake. In the spring before new leaves pop out, bundles of tiny chartreuse flowers bloom, followed by small, rounded red fruits that will hang on until winter. This native truly brings four seasons of interest to your landscape. This lively groundcover alternative is sure to be a beautiful addition to your garden, so order yours today! * Fast growing * Native * Great for naturalizing * Fall color * Wildlife love the berries.